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Ten years ago over the Independence Day weekend my husband and mother convinced me to start my own website. A month later the site was up and running. Back then Puss Reboots (a pun on Puss in Boots and my cat's propensity for rebooting my Mac clone) was going to be my business site and I had these grand plans to go solo as a web designer entrepreneur.
The "business" lasted about nine months before I realized I didn't have what it takes to go it on my own, especially when the internet (at least the dot-com part) was in its infancy and hadn't really taken off as a business plan for the average company in southern California. Sites like Craigslist make finding gigs so much easier now!
When I stopped running my own business and went to work I decided to keep the website but I still wasn't blogging. The site evolved first as a place to put my artwork and then as a place to put my Bryce objects for other Bryce enthusiasts to use.
It was mostly though an email service (I've had the same email address now for 10 years!) and a place for me to hone my web design skills.
From 2000 until early 2004, I barely made any updates, not even bothering to keep my art gallery current. I was working for Oracle at the time and was just too sick of doing web design and daily updates to websites to want to do my own when I got home each night.
It was in my "dry" period that blogging took off. Once I was happily settled in my new job (which I still have and still love) and I once again needed to hone my skills to match the needs of our client, I realized I needed motivation to work on my site. Blogging seemed like the logical solution.
Three and a half years later, I'm still blogging and it's now driving 50% of traffic to my site (the other 50% being mostly the Bryce freebies). To my delight (and surprise) I have between 150 and 160 loyal daily readers.
So why am I still blogging? It's fun. It's a good way to remember the good things of a day (I very rarely write about the bad things). It's a good way to keep my family up to date on the kids since we live more than 400 miles away. It's a good way to remember what books I've read and what I thought of them. It's also still a great way for me to hone my skills.